Unfortunately, even something as wonderful as latex can cause an allergic reaction in some individuals.
A latex allergy can involve a variety of allergic reactions to the proteins present in the natural rubber latex material. When products containing latex come into contact with mucous membranes, the membranes can absorb latex proteins.
A person who discovers symptoms of latex allergy should immediately seek the help of an allergist.
There are many types of allergic reactions to this material. The rate of onset is directly proportional to the degree of allergy. Reactions begin to show symptoms within minutes of exposure to latex or may take hours or days to appear.
Most often, an allergy to latex is manifested by hives at the point of contact, followed by a runny nose. The most common physiological response to latex exposure is dermatitis at the contact site, which is followed by soreness, itching, and redness. Angioedema is also a common reaction to oral, vaginal, or rectal contact. Symptoms of more severe hypersensitivity include both local and generalized urticaria; feelings of weakness, etc., nausea and vomiting; abdominal cramps; runny nose; bronchospasm; and anaphylaxis. Other reactions may include blistering, itching, and crusting at the site of contact. This irritant contact dermatitis is thought to be a non-immune reaction to latex. The degree of reaction is directly proportional to the length of exposure and also to the temperature of the skin.
Inhaling latex particles can cause hives all over the body, inflammation of the eyes, bronchial asthma or even anaphylactic shock.
If you suffer from a latex allergy, there is no other option than to avoid contact with latex products.